African talent to feature at Adriatica Ionica Race

Team Qhubeka has announced an exciting young line-up for the 4th Adriatica Ionica Race, featuring four of Africa’s brightest young talents.

The 5-stage race gets underway in Tarvisio on Saturday with stages one, three and the final stage classified as medium-mountain days. Stage 4 is set to be one for the sprinters from Fano to Riviera del Conero and the climbers will be looking to leave their mark on the 174.6km second stage from Castelfranco Veneto to Monte Grappa.

South Africa’s Nicholas Dlamini (26) will be the ‘veteran’ of our line-up and will be using his significant experience at the highest level in leading Ethiopia’s Negasi Haylu Abreha and Efrem Gebrehiwet from Eritrea.

Ghebrehiwet Birhane, also from Eritrea, has also had a steady start to the season featuring two top-20 placings, and after the serious injury he suffered in 2021 will look to this race to show his potential.

Lining up alongside them will be the Italian duo of Luca Coati and Alessandro Iacchi. Both boast a fast finish and will act as important support riders on some days, while looking to take their own opportunities too in taking advantage of their current good form.

South Africa’s Travis Stedman was initially planned to race but requires further rest after sustaining a shoulder injury in a crash at Strade Bianche di Romagna last week.

Nicholas Dlamini

I’m feeling really good ahead of Adriatica. Stage one is obviously a sprinter’s stage so I won’t be doing much there but from stage two we’ll be looking at playing it smart. I’d like to perform well, not make any mistakes and overall want to secure a good result.

I want to try and race from the front and perhaps looking to get in some breakaways and then racing from there, or perhaps wait in the break and for the peloton to come across and then race from there. That’s my probablt approach at this point, I’m here to get a result. It’s a race I’ve done before so I know what to expect.